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Paper Moon


Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman View All


Alvin Sargent (Screenplay), Peter Bogdanovich (Director) View All

Release: May 9th, 1973
Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes
During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl—who may or may not be his daughter—and the two forge an unlikely partnership.
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I'm a big fan of Peter Bogdanovich, who himself was a big fan of Orson Welles...and well, Welles was big!..and Orson Welles was a mentor to Bogdanovich and gave him a few tips during shooting of Paper Moon.
Biggest reason the film works so well is absolutely brilliant performances by Ryan and Tatum O'Neal as Moses and Addie.
Based on a novel called "Addie Prey" by Joe David Brown, this story, set during the Great Depression in the Kansas bible belt, introduces us to a slick con man named Moses Prey, played by Ryan O'Neal, who arrives at the funeral of a woman he had a past with named Essie Mae Loggins and finds no one there but a minister, two old women, and Essie Mae's daughter, Addie (Tatum O'Neal).